Jamaica edge Suriname 1-0 to remain joint leaders

senior staff reporter

Saturday, August 25, 2018

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A 41st-minute strike by David Reid led Jamaica to a close 1-0 win over Suriname in their Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-14 Challenge Series at the Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence yesterday.

In the curtain-raiser, Grenada whipped the British Virgin Islands (BVI) 6-0 and jumped to the top of the five-team group on seven points. Host Jamaica are also on seven points, but are second with an inferior goal difference of plus seven to Grenada's plus eight. Both teams have played three games.

The inactive Barbados slipped from top to third spot with six points, while Suriname stayed fourth on three points. The British Virgin Islands completed their four games and are pointless.

The closing matches will be played on tomorrow with Suriname taking on Grenada at 2:00 pm before Jamaica tackle Barbados at 4:00 pm at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

Grenada's Darryl Phillip netted four times against BVI in the 40th, 49th, 63rd and 68th minutes. Simeon Mitchell had opened the scoring in minute three, while Keishon Clarke scored in the eighth minute.

It was Grenada's second win after drawing 0-0 with Jamaica on the opening day.

Meanwhile, Jamaica turned in a dominant display but only had one goal to show after missing a series of chances to put the game to bed from the first half.

But Reid popped up in the second half and scored a nice goal after turning his defender and ramming home from close range in the 41st minute. It was Reid's third goal of the competition and he joined Keven Clarke as Jamaica's top scorers.

Jamaica's head coach Aaron Lawrence was pleased about his team's ability to secure the win despite not playing to their full potential.

“Another win, you just have to grind out the wins and we let one game get away from us. The boys have been doing well putting the ball on the ground nicely, but one of the problems we have is in front of goal,” said Lawrence.

“We have created a number of chances and could have killed off the game winning by five, six goals, but the boys were rushing more than being calm. But all said and done I am quite pleased with the performance. It's another win for Jamaica,” he noted.

“This Suriname team is not a bad team, so we just have to continue to work with these young men because I think they can go far,” Lawrence noted.

Suriname's coach Regillio Vroom remained optimistic despite the defeat as he saw some positives.

“Both teams were equal, but the team that made one mistake is the team that lost. But the guys defended well and took risks which was very good,” said Vroom.

“The overall tournament is good because the guys got the opportunity to perform at a high level in another country,” he added.

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